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Copyright Office To Require Online Registration of DMCA Agents

If you have a website with any user-generated content, you want to take full advantage of the protection provided by the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA). This has two components. The first is posting (and following) a takedown policy for potentially infringing content in your terms of use. The second, Read More

If I Lie To My Lawyer, Will It Save Me Money?

Not a chance. Even so, I occasionally find a client or prospect holding back important information, presumably because they think it will complicate the project and cost them more money. But that’s exactly why it should cost more money – because it makes things more complicated. Let’s see it in Read More

Website Protection from Copyright Infringement Claims

If you operate a website, you may have to worry about copyright infringement claims. This is particularly true if you have a blog, or if you allow visitors to post photographs, music clips, videos, or written content. The visitors may be posting content that infringes on someone’s copyright, and you Read More

Cybersquatter Protection 301 – The Uniform Rapid Suspension System

This is the third entry in a series on how trademark owners can protect themselves from cybersquatters. The first post talked about the trademark clearing house, and the second post discussed the Uniform Domain Name Resolution Policy (“UDRP”). Today’s post will discuss the Uniform Rapid Suspension System, a/k/a URS. Contrary to Read More

Cybersquatter Protection 201 – UDRP

This is the second part of a series on trademark and cybersquatting. In the first part, I wrote about the Trademark Clearing House, an essential resource for trademark owners who want to protect their interests. Today I am writing about the Uniform Domain Name Resolution Policy, also known as UDRP. Read More

Cybersquatter Protection 101

Any business with a valuable trademark has to worry about domain names and cybersquatting. This has become even more important with the sharp increase in generic top-level domains (gTLDs). Recently ICANN introduced more than 1300 new gTLDs. In this post and a few follow-on posts, I’ll talk about what businesses Read More

TRADEMARK UPDATE – USPTO TO PROVIDE EMAIL REMINDERS

Good news for anyone that has registered a trademark. Beginning in January 2015, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) will start providing email reminders to trademark holders that they need to make a filing to maintain their trademarks. When you register a trademark, you have to file a Declaration Read More

Ten Common Startup Mistakes – Part 1

Today seems like a good day to tie together a number of subjects I’ve written about in the past, as a list of the Ten Biggest Legal Mistakes Startups Make. Here are the first five: Number 1 – Choosing the Wrong Form of Entity All too often, I encounter startup Read More

Two Easy Ways To Lose Patent Protection

     Patent protection can be an important tool for tech startups, but there are two easy ways for a startup to lose out on patenting its innovations. To show you how this might happen, let’s take an example of a startup that decides to use crowdfunding to raise money. Read More

Three Things Your Startup Needs When You Hire

Most startups are narrowly focused on two key projects – developing the product and raising capital. All too often, however, startups neglect HR-related needs, which they see as less critical to the success of the enterprise. This oversight can get a company in trouble, so here are three HR-related things Read More